|Spend time listening to the talk among weight loss
surgery patients and you're bound to hear the expression
"head hunger." It's a popular term to describe a mental
craving for food versus a physical hunger.
Patients who regain weight and are not compliant with
the dietary rules established by their bariatric centers
often claim the head hunger was too powerful and forced
them to eat foods known to cause weight gain or known
to slow weight loss.
Foods such as pretzels, chips, sweets, pastas and baked
goods are against the rules of weight loss surgery, yet
these are the foods patients eat when suffering from head
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|The nature of the gastric bypass or lap-band weight loss surgery reduces physical
appetite during the initial months following weight loss surgery. Most patients
report a complete loss of physical appetite which of course is one of the
components that makes weight loss surgery successful.
So why are so many patients regaining weight or stalling before reaching their
weight loss goal? Head hunger. It seems to be the loophole that enables a patient
to break the rules and not take responsibility for non-compliance.
While I understand there is an emotional attachment to food I also say using the
head hunger loophole is self-defeating and unnecessary. Successful patients do
not use the term nor do they indulge "head hunger."
Prior to WLS patients had another kind of “Head Hunger”– head hunger to lose
weight, to be healthier, to be more attractive. That head hunger was so extreme
nights were spent lying awake plotting the next argument to the insurance
company, defending their personal obesity crisis and fighting for this miracle of
modern medicine. Head hunger? THAT was head hunger.
It seems counterintuitive that patients who fought so hard for to have WLS now
want to say “Oh, I’m so hungry for chocolate cake or Alfredo sauce or XYZ, just
this once it’s ok – I deserve one little treat!” This thinking is exactly what got us
to morbid obesity in the first place! I say, forget about food head hunger – do
not indulge it for one minute. Instead focus head hunger on the lighter, more
attractive more confident person you fought to become. The chocolate cake is
nothing, it has no power. Forget about it, it just doesn’t matter anymore.
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